I started going to stock car races in 1959 at age 17. The first was at Soldier Field in Chicago. Yes, home of the Chicago Bears. It had a ¼ mile and ½ mile track around the inside. It was a 200-lap race on the ½ mile track and the attendance was 90,000. Bill Lutz was our driver and we won on the last lap, beating Tiger Tom Pistone who also ran NASCAR races at that time – I was hooked!
I worked for Chapman Automotive for many years as a general and racecar mechanic. Out of that shop we ran a couple hundred races, winning about seventy-five at Soldier Field in Chicago, O’Hare Stadium, Chicago Rockford Speedway, Rockford, Illinois and Raceway Park Chicago, all in the 60’s.
In the 80’s and early 90’s I was partners with Bob Schact winning 29 ARCA races, six at Pocono. About 1999 I started my own team, and my son, A.J. drove ARCA for many years. In 2013 we decided to run Trans Am Road course races with both A.J. and his good friend Adam Andretti. In 2014 we had several wins and many 2nd’s and 3rd’s, finishing second in points.
Going forward, we will continue to run in the Trans Am series as we feel road course racing has a tremendous future for auto racing, especially for the younger generation who seem to be looking for some flexibility in this type of entertainment, instead of just sitting in the stands. Road course racing gives them many option of moving around from corner to corner, and in some cases, they have bars and restaurants on certain nights, other activities.